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Report 678: Italia - Umbria, Lago di Garda, Lago di Como & Visits with Friends in Empoli and Coccaglio

By girasoli from Hawaii, Spring 2005

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Page 15 of 24: Friday – Coccaglio!!

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duomo in Coccaglio

This morning, I worked on my trip report and my pictures while waiting for Katia to finish work. I have this wonderful little portable CD burner (Apacer Disk Steno CP-200) that I bought so that I can copy my pictures from my digital camera cards and then burn them onto the CD. This allows me to take as many pictures as I want without having to worry about how much room is left on my cards. Another plus is that you do not need computer access to do this. The only downfall is the weight of the CD burner which I have to carry around in my luggage each time I go to a new place. Although the CD burner says in the little window that the pictures were successfully copied, I still wanted to see the pictures for myself before erasing them from the cards and have been very fortunate to be able to use Francesco’s computer and Katia’s computer while I have been here in Italy. The machine can also be hooked up to a TV but most of the hotel TVs do not have the slot for the cord to go into to that hooks up to the CD burner to see the pictures on the CDs.

When Katia returned from work, we went over to her school to visit the class she works in (Kindergarten age children). The children knew that I was coming to visit. They kept asking their teacher when I would arrive. At first they were speechless but then warmed up. They said a few words in English to me. Katia told them that I lived in a place far away. I talked to them a little in Italian and Katia translated the rest. They were very interested in the sea life and also the volcano on the Big Island. They wanted to know all about the lava. They sang two songs in English for me and then two songs in Italian for me. When it was time for their lunch, we walked around the rest of the school. The school houses children from ages one and a half to age five. I was very impressed with the school.

After we left the school, we walked around the historical center area of Coccaglio. Then we stopped at a wonderful pasticceria to by some little pastries for lunch. Katia’s mother made this wonderful chicken that is cooked in a tomato sauce that she remembered that I loved the last time I was here. I had a very delicious lunch with Katia and her mother.

In the afernoon, we went to the mall nearby to see if her friend was working at Feltrinelli’s. She was not there but we looked around anyways for a while and then went to Media World. It was a very interesting store similar to Best Buy or Circuit City but with every imaginable electronic device! I could have stayed in that store for hours! We tried to find out if they sold the itune cards but no luck again. I have come to the conclusion that itunes and the ipods are definitely more of an American thing as neither are well know where I have been. After returning home and doing some more research, I found out that even if I did find an itunes card in would not have worked! All that searching for nothing!! iTunes has some "rule" that you have to have a charge card issued from a bank in Italy to purchase music from the Italy store - even with a coupon or itunes card! The problem is that none of the good Italian music can be purchased from the US store...something about music rights?? To me it is another scam just like the regions on DVDs for the big corporations to make more money!

After the itunes search, we spent some time in the DVD section at Media World. I found Carabinieri on DVD! The only problem was that it was not the beginning of the series and also it was only in Italian. I wanted to find DVDs in both Italian and English so that I could continue to practice my Italian when I return home (I have a DVD player that can play all regions). I ended up buying Chocolat. I was shocked when paying for my DVD that the 15 euros was the total cost! NO extra tax!! I liked that! After leaving Media World, we went back to Katia's afternoon working place where we made a CD of some Disney songs in Italian.

For dinner Katia, Guido, and I went to my favorite restaurant in the area that we eat at each year when I come to visit – Agriturismo Alberelle. It was fun to see Lucca (the owner) again. SO MUCH FOOD and SO DELICIOUS!! We ate many different antipasti and then I had a wonderful pumpkin ravioli and some rabbit. Unfortunately no room for dessert. What a wonderful way to end the day!

photo - Coccaglio Duomo

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